Verdict from 4 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Pro Model 2G is an incredible basketball shoe, most owners exclaim. Reviewers have the same comment about James Harden's fourth basketball shoe.
  • According to almost all owners, these basketball sneakers are very comfortable to wear on and off the court.
  • These retro sneakers look fabulous, many buyers comment. They just love its clean and classic look.
  • The Adidas Pro Model 2G’s traction works really well, several reviewers declare.
  • Many users love this retro model’s updated cushioning setup. Like the Adidas D Rose 10, many are saying that the Bounce midsole feels amazing.
  • A few players are satisfied with the shoe’s lockdown and support.

2 reasons not to buy

  • These retro Adidas basketball sneakers take a while to fully break-in, a few reviewers gripe.
  • According to a handful, the shell material causes some discomfort.

Bottom line

The updated Adidas Pro Model 2G looks and performs just as well as the original. The herringbone traction provides a reliable grip no matter the court condition. The Pro Model 2G’s updated Bounce midsole also offers cushioned comfort all day long. All in all, these retro basketball sneakers are a steal for its price. Fans of the original are delighted with how these Adidas shoes turned out.

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Good to know

The original Pro Model was an Adidas mainstay and fan favorite back in the early 2000s. Worn by on-court greats (including then-high-school-standout LeBron James), the Pro Model 2G featured Adiprene cushioning, herringbone traction, a sturdy build, and the classic shell-toe design.

A revamped version of the original, the Adidas Pro Model 2G employs a leather upper with a full-length Bounce midsole. The patent leather upper offers both comfort and stability. The flexible Bounce cushioning provides increased comfort on and off the court.

Cushion. These retro Adidas basketball sneakers are equipped with a flexible Bounce midsole that delivers enhanced comfort. This lightweight cushioning also flexes as you slash and drive to the rim.

Traction. The Adidas Pro Model 2G has a flexible outsole that provides durable traction on any court surface. The outsole features a herringbone tread pattern that offers an unrivaled grip on the hardwood.

Closure. Just like the original Pro Model, the Pro Model 2G has a mid-top construction that offers increased heel and ankle lockdown. The shoe’s anatomical last and lace closure are designed to provide a snug and comfortable fit.

These retro basketball sneakers make use of lightweight patent leather upper that offers both comfort and stability. The Adidas Pro Model 2G also has added cushioning at the forefoot and sock liner for increased in-shoe comfort. 

Inspired by archival style, the Pro Model 2G offers a classic look with its shiny patent leather upper and shell toe. These throwback-inspired basketball sneakers provide a definitive style that works both on and off the hardwood.

The Pro Model 2G from Adidas arrives in several colorways that will take you back to the year 2000.

  • Clear Mint/Clear Mint/Clear Mint 'Clear Mint'
  • Cloud White/Core Black/Cloud White
  • Cloud White/Royal Blue/Scarlet
  • Core Black/Cloud White/Core Black
  • Core Black/Scarlet/Core Black
  • Glow Pink/Glow Pink/Glow Pink 'Glow Pink'
  • Gold/Black
  • Gold Metallic/Core Black/Gold Metallic
  • Purple Tint/Purple Tint/Purple Tint 'Purple Tint'
  • Scarlet/Cloud White/Scarlet
  • Team College Purple/Core Black/Gold Metallic
  • Team Royal Blue/Cloud White/Team Royal Blue
  • White/Black/Gold

Adidas Pro Model 2G ‘Chinese New Year’

Adidas welcomes the 2020 Chinese New Year with an updated colorway of the Pro Model 2G. These retro-inspired basketball sneakers feature a white leather upper with black detailing on the shell toe, laces, and three stripes. The highlight of the Adidas Pro Model 2G ‘CNY’ is a water-colored artwork that includes tigers, cranes, and koi.

Adidas Pro Model 2G ‘Easter Pack’

Adidas Hoops celebrates Easter Sunday with the launch of the Adidas Pro Model 2G 'Easter Pack.' The 'Easter Pack' arrives in three spring-friendly colors, namely Glow Pink, Clear Mint, and Purple Tint.

The Adidas Pro Model 2G and Adidas Dame 5 are two mid-top basketball shoes that come with a full-length Bounce midsole. Let us take a closer look at these Adidas basketball sneakers to find out which one has more to offer.

Cushion. The updated Pro Model 2G and Dame 5 both utilize a flexible Bounce midsole that provides lightweight cushioning underfoot.

Traction. The Adidas Pro Model 2G is equipped with a Supergrip rubber outsole for maximum grip on both the hardwood and blacktop. The Adidas Dame 5 has a rubber outsole with a herringbone tread pattern for increased multidirectional traction.

Support and Lockdown. Both these models from Adidas utilize a mid-top cut for added ankle protection. However, the Adidas Dame 5 has a Thermoplastic overlay that provides increased stability and containment.

Material. The Pro Model 2G features a synthetic upper with a shell toe for increased protection and durability. The Dame 5 makes use of a combination of textile and soft suede for lightweight support and breathability.

Price. The Adidas Pro Model 2G retails for a hundred bucks while the Adidas Dame 5 retails for 15 dollars more at $115.

The Adidas Pro Model 2G is perfect for old-school hoopers looking to rock a classic look on the court. The Dame 5 is suited for players who want a lightweight and minimal feel while hooping.

The Adidas Pro Model 2G and Adidas Crazy 1 (a.k.a. The Kobe) are two classic silhouettes that dominated basketball courts back in the early 2000s.

Cushion. The updated version of the Pro Model 2G comes with a full-length Bounce midsole. The updated version od the Adidas Crazy 1 makes use of a lightweight EVA midsole.

Traction. The Adidas Pro Model 2G features a Supergrip rubber outsole. The Adidas Crazy 1 is equipped with a dual-density polyurethane outsole for long-lasting grip.

Support and Lockdown. For added ankle stability, both these Adidas basketball sneakers employ a mid-top cut and padded collar. Both basketball shoes feature a lace-up front for a customizable fit.

Material. Like most basketball shoes from the year 2000, the Adidas Pro Model 2G and Crazy 1 make use of a synthetic upper for increased durability.

Price. The updated Pro Model 2G retails for a very affordable 100 bucks. The Adidas Crazy 1 is a little more expensive at 130 dollars. 


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